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When it comes to choosing a snack for your child to take to school, convenience can often override judging how healthy that snack really is. No need to worry! We have a few easy alternatives to some of those not-so-healthy options.
Hummus & Carrots vs. Chips & Soda
Chips can be very greasy and sodas contain lots of sugar and carbonation. Hummus, a tasty dip made from chickpeas and sesame oil, is high in protein and a great source of healthy fat and fiber. Carrots are a great sidekick as they provide vitamin A and potassium. This healthy snack will be sure to hold any student over through their afternoon homework session!
Snack tip: Carrots may be too hard for younger children; try spreading hummus on whole grain crackers instead.
Bag of Fresh Fruit vs. Fruit Snacks or Fruit Leathers
Fruit snacks can be very high in sugar. If your student is consuming their snack midday, this high sugar content could cause them to crash before the school day is over. Fresh fruit is naturally sweet and can provide the energy needed to make it through the rest of the day.
Snack tip: Try making your own dried fruit. It is known to contain lots of fiber and antioxidants!
Celery & Peanut Butter vs. Toaster Pastries
Peanut butter is another great snack that provides a decent amount of protein without putting your student over the edge and celery makes a great low-calorie partner. Be careful though; some peanut butter can be very high in sugar and salt. Look for all natural peanut butter that has no added sugar or oils.
Snack tip: Peanut butter also pairs well with fresh apple slices!
Share some of your healthy after school recipes with us on Twitter @FLEduFoundation!